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should i choose a metal or composite resin filling?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
41 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Personal Choice: There has been a lot of public outcry for discontinuing the use of amalgam for dental restorations in the past and present. The american dental association position as which is also supported by the fda also is that the material is a safe and effective restorative option for patients. The newer composite resins are stronger than previous resins and can offer a more esthetic appearance.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Robert Fong
35 years experience Dentistry
Your priorities?: Cost and longevity favor amalgam. If esthetics are your thing , then composites. The size of the cavity can also influence your decision. If it is small, a composite filling may require less tooth to be drilled away. There are other alternatives too, though they have higher costs. Gold is still a terrific choice. There are also porcelain fillings. Don't be afraid to talk to your dentist.
Answered on Mar 22, 2015
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Dr. Glenn MacFarlane
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
YOUR PREFERENCE: The use of amalgam (silver or metal) fillings has decreased over the years due to the mercury contained in them and the fact that they don't match the natural tooth. ‪www.drglennmacfarlane.com #‎DrGlennMacFarlane‬ ‪#‎RedBankDentist‬
Answered on Mar 7, 2015
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Definitely,Composite: The advantages of choosing a composite filling include a more natural appearance, frequently a strengthening of the filled tooth, and a bonding of the filling to the tooth creating a better seal.
Answered on Mar 8, 2015

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